Sound Festival Scotland

BDRS is supporting Sound Festival, an annual festival in North East Scotland which aims to highlight contemporary music. This year it runs from 23rd of October until 3rd of November 2019 and you can find out more here Sound Scotland

This year the event will showcase the oboe, as part of its focus on “endangered instruments”, with performances from notable instrumentalists Christopher Redgate and Nicholas Daniel.  Quoting the Sound Festival website “Performing on the revolutionary Howarth-Redgate oboe, Christopher Redgate reinvents the oboe and deconstructs its traditional sound world in a number of performances including a thrilling concert with Quatuor Diotima, one of the most in-demand string quartets in the world today (Thu 24 Oct). Nicholas Daniel continues to showcase the oboe in a number of concerts including a portrait concert of work by John Casken (Thu 31 Oct) with the Fidelio Trio in association with the University of Aberdeen, and a ‘European’ performance of sound patron Sir James MacMillan’s Intercession for 3 Oboes with Dutch oboist Oliver Boekhoorn and French oboist Jean-Pierre Arnaud (Sat 2 Nov).”

Hearing our Handel 270th performance

As your summer copy of Double Reed News arrives, we relive that wonderful occasion on 29th of April 2019.

Earlier this year eighty double reed players joined junior members of the Royal Academy of Music in London, in a commemorative performance of Handel’s Musick for the Royal Fireworks, 270 years to the day after it’s first performance. Laurence Perkins led the massed ensemble, with Sarah Francis and Roger Birnstingl taking sectionals earlier in the day, and the audio recording of the massed performance in the Duke’s Hall is available for you to listen to below, in three parts.


More photographs of the massed ensemble performance are available in the summer 2019 edition of Double Reed News, where you will be able to catch up with more photos and feedback from our other events – if you are not a member, do think about joining us to receive our magazine, save on course and event fees throughout the year and receive other supplier discounts!

Don’t forget our Park Place 2020 course is open for registration and we’ll be bringing you news of an Autumn event very soon.

Announcing our five day Oboe and Bassoon course dates for 2020!

Our ever-popular oboe and bassoon course returns for 2020, led by John Anderson and Laurence Perkins, at Park Place in Hampshire where you will find yourself in a tranquil venue with a friendly atmosphere. The course begins on Tuesday 21st April and runs until Saturday 25th April 2020. The Saturday will not be a double reed day as in previous years, but will form the final day of the course. More information here Course Info

Photos below, with grateful thanks to Mike Bell, of this year’s course and double reed day, and if you have any questions for us about the course do get in touch. If you want to sign up for next year then it couldn’t be easier – complete our online form here Online Application Form

You will be able to catch up with more photos and feedback from our events in the forthcoming issue of our publication “Double Reed News” – if you are not a member, do think about joining us to save on course and event fees throughout the year!

Enjoy these photos, all © Mike Bell 2019. Click an image to see it full size, you can also view his work at

Thank you for a wonderful Spring programme

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 270 years since the first performance of Handel’s Musick for the Royal Fireworks, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and to everyone who supported our 5 day oboe and bassoon course and double reed day at Park Place, Hampshire.

It was wonderful to meet members, non members, traders, participants with their family and friends at these events, particularly those travelling from abroad – thank you for making a memorable week!

You will be able to catch up with photos and feedback from these events in the forthcoming issue of our publication “Double Reed News” – if you are not a member, do think about joining us – and also here on our website in due course.

That’s not it for this year though! We are contacting our members very soon with a short survey about what they would like from our large events, details of 2019 AGM will be announced soon, with another event in the autumn, and we are busy planning 2020’s programme of events.

Check back here, and our social media channels for updates!

Nicholas Daniel at Wigmore Hall – OboeFest!

A reminder that Nicolas Daniel is at Wigmore Hall on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of June – next week – with oboe day concerts and more. On Friday it’s a Nicholas Daniel masterclass, then on Saturday morning it’s oboe, harp and the Wigmore Oboe-Fest ensemble, followed by an afternoon with Nicholas Daniel oboe, Julius Drake piano, Kyeong Ham oboe, and Musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Finishing with an evening of Oboefest!

All information is at the Wigmore Hall website.

Countdown to our BDRS Double Reed Day this Saturday…

We are looking forward to welcoming double reed players from all over the country to Park Place Pastoral Centre, in Wickham, Hampshire, and as we write the weather forecast for Saturday is sunny and dry for our Double Reed Day in a glorious setting.

It’s not too late to register and pay in advance (Register Here) or you can of course turn up on the day, cash, cheques or cards and Apple Pay are all accepted on the door.

BDRS member:£50 / Non-BDRS member: £70
Students in full-time education:  BDRS member:£40 / Non-BDRS member: £50
Non-playing person: £35 (There are some lovely walks)
Buffet lunch included.

It promises to be an inspirational event and here is what we are planning for the day.*

Saturday 4th May – BDRS Double Reed Day 2019

Arrival and registration:

On Saturday 4th May, please arrive between 0800  and 0930. The address is Park Place, Wickham, (near Fareham), Hampshire PO17 5HA.  The post code in most sat navs will take you to a cul de sac next door (Coldharbour Close) and the entrance to Park Place is the large brick entrance on the left heading North and vice versa on the A334 Winchester Road.

If you are travelling by train, the nearest station is Fareham – then it is either a bus from the station to Park Place (bus stop very close to the Centre) or a short taxi ride (roughly £6-£7 fare). You can find details of Park Place at


1000 Welcome, Sessions and Concerts to include Ian Cuthill –including The Baroque Bassoon

1245-1330 Serve-yourself Buffet lunch

1330-1415 Lunchtime concert – students and tutors

1415-1630 Sessions and Concerts to include Leo Duarte – Leo (Leo at the AAM) is a Baroque Oboist with the Academy of Ancient Music**

The afternoon will include Advice for young professionals – on career paths and navigating the world of “Mozart in the Jungle” with Roger Birnstingl and David Chatterton

Brush up your technique – oboes led by John Anderson

Brush up your technique – bassoons led by Laurence Perkins

Trade stands browsing time throughout the day in the main hall:-Howarths, The Oboe Shop, Double Reed Ltd, IonaReed, Golden Reeds, Forton Music, Graham Salter.

1700 Final concert – ensemble pieces from 5-day course participants, plus large Double-Reed ensemble performance

1730        End of event


*Subject to change

**Joel Raymond is sadly unable to take part this year as previously advertised. Leo will be demonstrating the baroque oboe instead.


Tutors Concert on Wednesday 1st May, Wickham in Hampshire


We’re looking forward to welcoming this year’s Oboe and Bassoon Course participants to the beautiful Park Place in Hampshire very soon. During the course our two esteemed tutors, Laurence Perkins and John Anderson, are giving a mid week concert, with our brilliant accompanist Yoshiko Endo.

This concert is open to everyone, so if you’re in the area on Wednesday 1st May, do go along to Park Place, Wickham PO17 5HA at 8pm for approximately an hour of inspiring double reed performance by John and Laurence.

Programme to include Zachow, Andre Jolivet, Dave Heath, Hindemith and Geoffrey Bush and if you don’t know some of those names, don’t let that put you off – go and discover for yourself!

Click the PDF link for all the details Park Place concert poster 2019 PDF (2)

Join in our Double Reed Day on 4th of May

Saturday May 4th is the BDRS Double Reed Day in Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5HA – Come and meet our two Double Reed Day guests talking about historical instruments, as well as all the other double reed day music making activities, networking and shopping opportunities to be had!

Meet David Chatterton and the early bassoons, pictured with this enormous contrabassoon – an amazing instrument (photo above from April 2015) and David is fascinating to listen to!

We also look forward to hearing from Joel Raymond to demonstrate the baroque oboe and tell us about how they are made (Photo © Graham Salter, Joel has played with the Oxford Bach Soloists, the Hanover Band, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort as well as playing abroad.

We are also planning to run the Handel ‘Musick For The Royal Fireworks’ again, in a double reed version (without brass).

There are plenty of other activities to get involved in, or inspired by. All ages and abilities are welcome! There will also be several trade stands for you to visit during the day with instruments to try/buy, music publications, reeds and accessories, and double reed literature.

It’s not too late to sign up and we look forward to seeing you, whether you are a member or not, for this exciting and inspirational day of all things Double Reed.

BDRS member:£50 / Non-BDRS member: £70
Students in full-time education:  BDRS member:£40 / Non-BDRS member: £50
Non-playing person: £35
Buffet lunch included.

Register Here!